Ridley & Hall is an award-winning firm of solicitors, based in Yorkshire, but with a national profile. We are passionate about making a difference to peoples’ lives by being innovative and forward thinking. We care about helping our clients to solve their legal problems. We avoid complicated legal jargon and are clear about the cost involved of any advice that we give.

Ridley & Hall has excellent Family & Matrimonial and Care Proceedings & Adoption teams which have been recommended by the legal publication the Legal 500. We specialise in divorce, financial relief, children, grandparents’ issues and kinship care.

We have nationally-recognised expertise in Community Care Law, supporting individuals and families in their challenges to local authorities.

The excellence of the probate and trusts work carried out by our Wills & Probate team is also recognised by the Legal 500. The team works closely with our Contentious Probate specialists in resolving often complex and high value inheritance disputes. The firm’s Court of Protection team can help with powers of attorney and all issues relating to loss of mental capacity.

We recognise that buying or selling a house can be a hugely stressful experience for many people. Our Residential and Commercial Property teams have a friendly and professional approach. We were one of the first firms in the country to gain accreditation in the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme, meeting the highest possible standards for the residential conveyancing process.

Our experienced Personal Injury lawyers deliver a friendly, personal service to accident victims and their families. We have a particular interest in accidents involving cyclists.

Expert Opinion

A warning about McKenzie friends

If a parent needs legal advice, it's critical they get expert support. As this story shows, using McKenzie friends can make the situation expensively worse!

McKenzie friends can help people representing themselves in court to understand the legal process
They are often used by people who cannot afford or do not want to use a solicitor
Anyone can be a McKenzie friend. It does not require any legal qualification
Most often they help claimants fill out forms, or provide advice on the legal process
Increasingly, McKenzie friends are charging fees for their work
Moderate’ amount of child care good for grandparents, study finds

A Report from Edith Cowan University Western Australia has found having a "moderate" amount of grandparent caring can extend life but full time doesn't! Sadly many grandparent carers don't get the choice!

But government and local authorities need to grasp the impact on kinship carers of taking on full time care - and support appropriately.

GRANDPARENTS who occasionally look after the grandchildren can add five years to their lives.

But those who have the children fulltime are negatively impacted, both mentally and physically.
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